Say Yes to Yeast

by | Updated: October 12th, 2020 | Read time: 1 minute

Q. I keep seeing recipes that call for nutritional yeast. What is this ingredient and is it healthy?

A. Powdery in texture and savory in flavor, nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, and vegans have been gobbling it up for years as a pasta topper, condiment and cheese sub. But you don’t have to be a vegan to say yes to yeast; this high-protein, low carb and low calorie product is arguably much healthier than your ordinary grated cheese. Dairy free, nutritional yeast also is free of gluten, sodium and fat.

Nutritional Yeast

Added bonus:   nutritional yeast is absolutely loaded with essential vitamins, including B, thiamine and zinc. What a tasty way to get in your dailies!

So what can you do with it?

-Sprinkle it over pasta

-Sprinkle over steamed veggies to make your superfood side dish even more super (we love it on cauliflower!)

-Use with scrambled tofu for a vegan substitute for scrambled eggs

-Mix with olive oil and fresh garlic for a flavorful marinade, pasta sauce or drizzle for salads and vegetables

-Mix with sea salt and a healthy oil (coconut, sesame) to give popcorn a gourmet flair

-Check out these scrumptious recipes for more ideas: Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken, Baked Parsnip French Fries, Creamy Butternut Squash & Spinach Casserole, Squash-Nut “Burger” Patties, and Quick & Easy Homemade Popcorn Seasonings.